I have a friend in California who I met on twitter because of our similar taste in music. Nearly two fortnights ago, she suggests I look up the band Sorority Noise, a developing pop punk band from Hartford, Connecticut. At the time, I was busy because of my production, but this past week I finally had time to devote myself to music and actually kick-it back with earbuds, enjoying the music fully.
I’m very thankful Forgettable by Sorority Noise is the first album I have listened to after the hiatus of enjoying new (or at least new to me) music.
Forgettable begins with Rory Shield, an up beat pop punk tune with smooth bass-line, which I always enjoy. This is one of my favorite songs on the album is a wonderful opener, filled with energy and lugubrious. The first line of the chorus is my favorite of this song, saying, “Tell me again that you don’t wanna break my heart, / And I’ll tell you again that it’s already broken.” Honestly, I feel this lyric in some way represents my new take on life and pursuit for romance.
The “Mediocre at Best,” the next song, is a low-toned, self-hate song. I’m not the hugest fan. I grew out of my “emo” phase around junior high, and have learned to love myself greatly since, and I think everyone should do the same.
“Dirty Ickes” starts with the nice strum of an electric guitar, and a nice, quick-paced verse. I love the ending of this verse (which completely contradicts the message of “Mediocre at Best”), which says, “And I’ve learned to love myself more than I could ever love you.” Screaming this line is one of the most lethargic feelings I’ve felt in a while. The only reason I would not call this song amazing is because there is just one line that greatly bugs me, “And I taught myself Norse / Just to sit on your back porch.” I feel like this line is just thrown away; it was written just to rhyme and fill space, and I hate when songs are written that way. I believe every lyric should have some weight, not just something to fill the empty space in a hook.
Following the up-beat, previous comes a song that makes me want to dance in a mosh pit, “Nick Kwas Christmas Party.” Beginning with a soothing acoustic guitar, the song quickly builds up into a full band. The last verse to this song is what really catches my attention. The narrator says how is life will be in the future, which I may need to start doing. Lately, I’ve been living day-to-day without a worry for what comes next, I have no idea where I see myself in five years, let alone 9 months from now — I just know I wish to be going to school in California.
Following “Nick Kwas,” comes another stereotypically-sounding, “emo” song called “Queen Anne’s Lace.” Though I probably like this song more than “Mediocre at Best,” I think is song is mediocre at best. Plus, The message of this song really irks me, with the last line pleading, “I only want to be your cure.” This is not how healthy relationship works, I’ve learned from experience.
The sixth song on the album is my favorite: “Still Ironically, this song about apathy actually made me feel some sort of emotion. When I first began to listen to Sorority Noise, I was going through a very grey time, nothing appealed to me and my mood was overall overcast and apathetic. Yet, this song came on and I related instantly, knowing what it feels like to be in the narrator’s position. I’m thankful for this song because it’s what brought me out of my overcast mood, and helped me begin to appreciate everything around me more than I have lately.
After “Still Shrill,” comes the best-titled song on the album, “Blonder Hair, Black Lungs.” I love the assonance. The song starts out slow and makes the listener believe that maybe this might be a slower song, but within 10 seconds, the song builds up to the narrator speaking about his wishes for his own death. I’m not suicidal, and I plan on living a very long life, but I love singing the lyrics to this song, especially in my car, while speeding down Columbia Parkway where I never see any cops running radar. I only have one complaint with this song and it’s the gasps between each “and I’ll die.” I feel like it would’ve been more effective for maybe the first or last time chanting this lyric, but I feel the edited-in gasp simply comes repetitive and a little corny. Nonetheless, I love the emotion that gasp adds to the piece.
After the emotional bravado of “Smooth Jazz,” However, don’t confuse its soothing rhythm with a happy song, because these lyrics are nothing but depressing., I think this is a very pretty song, and I like that it shows a softer suicide to Sorority Noise, though this song is not my favorite.
The twelfth and final song on the album is “Smoke.” This I love this song because it makes me want to cuddle, tbh. Even though this song is rather sad with the lyrics, “I won’t hold your hand because you’ll disappear.” y heavy lyrics, flowing rhythms, and many undulations of rhythm, I can’t help but love this album. Also, the reappearing symbol of being a ghost is very relatable to angsty teens amongst the globe. This album is certainly something I think anyone should listen to whether they like punk music or not, besides, it’s free!
Overall, I’d rate this album is an 8/10. I certainly believe this band has promise to be quite successful in their genre.
Ps. Though I’ve been listening to Sorority Noise as of late, I’ve also been listening to other music that makes me feel emotion because lethargic music is the best. I’ve also listening to the band “The World is a Beautiful Place and I’m No Longer Afraid to Die.”
Playlist. I don’t really have this playlist this week, because I suggest the entire album Forgettable, but I also suggest looking up the song “Sunday Candy” by Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment, a song that just makes me ecstatic for life. Everytime I hear this song I want to dance and smile until the end of time. I don’t think it’s possible to be in a bad mood when listening to Sunday Candy.